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DITA: Getting Started Workshop

Motorola in Horsham, PA
27 Feb 2008 - 08:30 - 28 Feb 2008 - 04:30
Event Type: 
Training Class

Bob Doyle

DITA at the XML 2007 Conference

The IdeaAlliance XML 2007 Conference theme was "XML in Practice". XML 2007 featured a Documents and Publishing Track, with important presentations on DITA, as a fine example of XML in practice.

The opening presentation, by Eric Severson of Flatiron Solutions, argued that DITA is taking the world by storm (PPT). Entitled "Practical Lessons for DITA Implementation," Severson had an excellent slide that compared DITA to DocBook, showing how topics are assembled by maps and DocBook is a monolithic document.

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Problem with conditional exclusion

I am trying to use a .ditaval file to display conditional text:

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
<prop att="audience" val="user" action="exclude"/>

In my topic, I have an element defined thusly:

<p audience="user">Only display this text for admin users</p>

When I do my build in debug mode, it seems to resolve ant.input.valfile correctly:

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Bob Doyle

DITA: One Size Fits All for Technical Publishing?

Back in June 2006 I wrote an XML Editors review article for EContent Magazine that covered a dozen desktop and web-based authoring tools for XML. That article was a bit too hard on both the writer and editorial staff, so we’re not likely to do it again soon. (I may publish a revised study on the web instead).

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Introduction to DITA: A User Guide to the Darwin Information Typing Architecture Arbortext Edition

Comtech Services, Inc. is pleased to announce the publication of the Arbortext® Edition of its best-selling book, Introduction to DITA: A User Guide to the Darwin Information Typing Architecture. Dr.

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